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    • Grimbal
    • By Grimbal 5th Aug 11, 11:16 AM
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    The "have a look at this!" thread II
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    • 5th Aug 11, 11:16 AM
    The "have a look at this!" thread II 5th Aug 11 at 11:16 AM
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    Thanks to Grimbal for starting this thread, where compulsive Rightmove browsers share their funniest finds. Scroll down for Playboy mansions, unusual extensions, toilets in wardrobes and mysterious presences under bedcovers.

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    Thought I'd start off a new thread as the other one was getting to be pretty long. The old thread can be found here.

    How about starting up a thread dedicated to the interesting properties that we come across in our searches ?

    I'm guessing these guys don't invite their granny over to watch TV


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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 9th Aug 18, 1:49 PM
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    As an older (refuse to be actually old) biddy, I have actually furnished my flat with 1960s type furniture. This is not because I am in a revisit my youth timewarp, it's because I think Ercol is classic. I strongly suspect that what will date most quickly will be the relatively recently installed kitchen and bathroom.


    Mind you I still regret the probate property that I just missed getting - now that really was a timewarp. Fantastic Edwardian furniture that I bet the new owners took to the tip.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 9th Aug 18, 1:58 PM
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    Someone's clearing out a probate house a few doors down from us. The junk in the skip included a Bejam freezer. As (I have just learnt in another thread) Bejam were bought out 30 years ago, the appliance is at least that old.
    Originally posted by westernpromise
    It's fair to assume the freezer was still in full working order at the time of the owner's death otherwise they wouldn't have hung on to it so it definitely wasn't junk. Are you saying you would throw out a perfectly good freezer just because it was looking a little dated? Not very MSE.
    • Mardle
    • By Mardle 9th Aug 18, 2:40 PM
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    Loving the French Revolution vibe in the kitchen.
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    Thank you for confirming my thoughts. I was beginning to think I was the only one to get the French Revolution vibe about that kitchen.
    • cloo
    • By cloo 9th Aug 18, 3:23 PM
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    I think everyone does their place in the style of their era, and if they like it, they stick with it. Our house had the same owners for 40 years, so we're just now getting all the anaglypta out of the hallway!


    Doubtless we'll look horribly 20-teens when we sell in about 20-30 years (for example, my husband loves painting things grey - the magnolia of now!).
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 9th Aug 18, 3:53 PM
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    I think everyone does their place in the style of their era, and if they like it, they stick with it. Our house had the same owners for 40 years, so we're just now getting all the anaglypta out of the hallway!


    Doubtless we'll look horribly 20-teens when we sell in about 20-30 years (for example, my husband loves painting things grey - the magnolia of now!).
    Originally posted by cloo
    I can just imagine the "Have a look at this thread XXXVI" in 2050:

    - My god, gloss kitchen, square toilets, artificial grass, laminate floors, how grannyish can you get????
    - Don't forgot the silly LED lights underneath the kitchen units
    - I know and what's with all those ridiculous wordy ornaments everywhere, 'soak' next to the bath', 'relax' hanging on the wall above the sofa, wonder what they hang above they loo?
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 9th Aug 18, 4:16 PM
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    Someone's clearing out a probate house a few doors down from us. The junk in the skip included a Bejam freezer. As (I have just learnt in another thread) Bejam were bought out 30 years ago, the appliance is at least that old.

    I think old biddies do the place up and then decide it's perfect and never notice their surroundings ever again. This is the only way these fossilised interiors from 30 and 40 years ago can persist.
    Originally posted by westernpromise
    I don't think people don't notice their surroundings, I think that they find a style they like and don't necessarily feel the need to change it, just because fashions have changed.

    I have an elderly relation whose house looks pretty old-fashioned in style. It is not because she doesn't notice, it's that she likes it. She regularly has it redecorated, it's very well maintained. She recently had to replace her 3 piece suite and the new one looks almost the same as the old, because it is a size and style she likes and finds comfortable.
    • westernpromise
    • By westernpromise 9th Aug 18, 5:34 PM
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    I can just imagine the "Have a look at this thread XXXVI" in 2050:

    - My god, gloss kitchen, square toilets, artificial grass, laminate floors, how grannyish can you get????
    - Don't forgot the silly LED lights underneath the kitchen units
    - I know and what's with all those ridiculous wordy ornaments everywhere, 'soak' next to the bath', 'relax' hanging on the wall above the sofa, wonder what they hang above they loo?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    I think that is likely to be a highly accurate prediction. Some of those things are definitely here-today-gone-tomorrow, like the tacky writing everywhere, to which I'd add rectangular wall tiles laid in a brick pattern. Others, like noisy wooden floors, have to my surprise been a thing for 30 years now. They're thus either timeless, classic or due to fall out of vogue. Personally I think room-size seagrass rugs could be the next big thing. They will be where I live that's for sure :-)
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 9th Aug 18, 7:09 PM
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    I can just imagine the "Have a look at this thread XXXVI" in 2050:

    - My god, gloss kitchen, square toilets, artificial grass, laminate floors, how grannyish can you get????
    - Don't forgot the silly LED lights underneath the kitchen units
    - I know and what's with all those ridiculous wordy ornaments everywhere, 'soak' next to the bath', 'relax' hanging on the wall above the sofa, wonder what they hang above they loo?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    Don't forget the wall stickers that will take off the plaster
    • Ocelot
    • By Ocelot 9th Aug 18, 7:40 PM
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    I think everyone does their place in the style of their era, and if they like it, they stick with it. Our house had the same owners for 40 years, so we're just now getting all the anaglypta out of the hallway!


    Doubtless we'll look horribly 20-teens when we sell in about 20-30 years (for example, my husband loves painting things grey - the magnolia of now!).
    Originally posted by cloo
    If it is anaglypta along the lower part of the stairway, that is quite sought after and I wouldn't remove it personally.
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 9th Aug 18, 9:01 PM
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    I already hate laminate floors.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Aug 18, 9:18 PM
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    I already hate laminate floors.
    Originally posted by bouicca21
    All laminate, or just bad laminate?
    I can't stand those wordy ornaments everywhere, esp the stickers on the wall (apologies to anyone who has them, I'm sure they are done very tastefully)
    I hold my hand up to the grey thing, we have a grey wall in the living room when grey accents and I have grey and copper wallpaper in the home office...with white floating shelves (they'll be another 'of the time' thing) But in my defence, I've always like grey, the vast majority of my wardrobe is grey so really I'm just extending that to the house.

    What about woodburners, of an era like the stone clad gas fires of the 70's and 80's?
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 9th Aug 18, 9:24 PM
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    Some things we did in the mid 90s - rag rolling, wallpaper borders are dated
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Aug 18, 10:12 PM
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    Some things we did in the mid 90s - rag rolling, wallpaper borders are dated
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    And stencils.....so many stencils
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Aug 18, 6:48 AM
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    I like rag-rolling and paint effects generally - so shoot me

    The only reason I've not done a bit of that in current home is the mere thought of getting workmen in again in this area (ie to paint over if I changed my mind) is quite enough to give me a fit of the vapours.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Aug 18, 9:21 AM
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    I like rag-rolling and paint effects generally - so shoot me

    The only reason I've not done a bit of that in current home is the mere thought of getting workmen in again in this area (ie to paint over if I changed my mind) is quite enough to give me a fit of the vapours.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I wouldn't shoot you for putting whatever effects you wanted on your walls, but the idea that someone able-bodied needs to pay 'workmen' - round our way we have a few female decorators! - to do simple emulsion painting is MSE madness.
    I might be old, but I got to see a lot of good bands...
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Aug 18, 9:26 AM
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    I wouldn't shoot you for putting whatever effects you wanted on your walls, but the idea that someone able-bodied needs to pay 'workmen' - round our way we have a few female decorators! - to do simple emulsion painting is MSE madness.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    I know my limitations Dave. I've done a paint effect on walls before now myself - but it's the thought of plain-painting walls (or, more to the point, painting ceilings and shifting heavy furniture around) that causes me to get out the chequebook/whatever and say "How much?"

    Admission time - the penny has only just dropped that I never once saw my mother with a paintbrush in her hands (she always left that to my father).....whoops...
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 10th Aug 18, 10:02 AM
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    I already hate laminate floors.
    Originally posted by bouicca21
    I can't stand laminate upstairs (installing it in flats is just plain antisocial) but think it's acceptable downstairs, in fact in the case of open plan layouts (something else I'm not keen on) I think they're better than the alternate option of carpeting the living area and tiling the kitchen area with an awkward looking dividing line between the two. I still maintain it will be regarded as horribly dated in years to come though.

    Something else I really don't like which I think will die out is decking. It looks okay when you first put it down but looks terrible after it's experienced even one British winter.

    I hold my hand up to the grey thing, we have a grey wall in the living room when grey accents and I have grey and copper wallpaper in the home office...with white floating shelves (they'll be another 'of the time' thing) But in my defence, I've always like grey, the vast majority of my wardrobe is grey so really I'm just extending that to the house.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Yes, I'm partial to a bit of grey too

    What about woodburners, of an era like the stone clad gas fires of the 70's and 80's?
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Admission time, I quite like wood burners

    (((hangs head in shame and goes to stand in the corner)))
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 10th Aug 18, 10:02 AM
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    All laminate, or just bad laminate?
    I can't stand those wordy ornaments everywhere, esp the stickers on the wall (apologies to anyone who has them, I'm sure they are done very tastefully)
    I hold my hand up to the grey thing, we have a grey wall in the living room when grey accents and I have grey and copper wallpaper in the home office...with white floating shelves (they'll be another 'of the time' thing) But in my defence, I've always like grey, the vast majority of my wardrobe is grey so really I'm just extending that to the house.

    What about woodburners, of an era like the stone clad gas fires of the 70's and 80's?
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    We're doing our family bathroom in our new (400 year old ) cottage grey - painted walls, not tiled - but in our defence we painted the hall of the Victorian house we owned from 1992-1997 dark grey and yellow. It was much harder to find grey paint back then so we had it specially mixed.

    In our next house in about 1998 I hand painted a Latin phrase - that related to the space - in our hall. That was an Arts & Crafts Movement thing though and nothing to do with fashion/trends

    We also rag-rolled and stencilled several rooms in our first home back in the late 1980s......

    There are definitely decorating decisions we are making now that will probably be seen as very much of the time in thirty/forty years - although we're not fans of many of the current trends (gloss kitchens, lights in the kickboards, artificial grass/plants to name a few) and try to decorate classically these days. I can imagine our very dark blue hall and taxidermy butterfly collection appearing on a future version of this thread, lol!

    Edited to add - We also recently had wood burners/ multi fuel stoves installed (no mains gas here in our part of rural s w Wales). I actually hated the one we had (installed by a previous owner) at our last but one (also rural) house, but realise now that was hopelessly inefficient!
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Aug 18, 10:10 AM
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    Admission time, I quite like wood burners

    (((hangs head in shame and goes to stand in the corner)))
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    They're insane in any house that has access to mains gas or no cheap and easy wood supply. That's because the better manufacturers have gas models with none of the real fire down-sides, like copious amounts of dust and a need for large amounts of storage space.


    We have one, and excellent it is too at heating on the cheap, but all other things being equal, we'd get rid tomorrow.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Aug 18, 10:12 AM
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    Admission time - the penny has only just dropped that I never once saw my mother with a paintbrush in her hands (she always left that to my father).....whoops...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I'm sure there were some, somewhere, but I never knew anyone's Mum who painted/did DIY etc back in the 50s and 60s.
    I might be old, but I got to see a lot of good bands...
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